Mini Vacay: Mountain Park Lookout Tower

The steps to Mountain Park Lookout Tower can be intimidating. Get to thetop and you’ll realize, you’re not done climbing yet. Photo by Charish Badzinski. Mountain Park Lookout Tower on Washington Island, Wisconsin offers a view of not only the relatively undisturbed wilderness of the island, but also Rock Island and St. Martin Island, Michigan.  … More Mini Vacay: Mountain Park Lookout Tower

Wisconsin Supper Club Extinction, and The English Inn

More and more, the classic Wisconsin Supper Club is disappearing. Slowly, as cities expand and incorporate chain restaurants with sinister consistency, the Stepford Wives-like sameness of their menus, and their artificially-distressed decor, the warmth of authenticity vaporizes.Give me a supper club, with its dimmed light, authentic yet sometimes kitschy decor and polished silver. With its roaring fire and linen tablecloths and menu, fat with painstakingly-prepared options of old: French onion soup, escargots, prime rib, Beef Wellington. … More Wisconsin Supper Club Extinction, and The English Inn

Beacons among the Beauty: The Lighthouses of Door County, Wis.

As the RBG crew heads to Door County, Wisconsin this weekend, it’s likely we’ll take in one or more of “The Door’s” famed lighthouses, 10 beacons set among the natural beauty of the peninsula. A handful of the lighthouses are easily accessible. Several require a short boat ride for a close-up view, and one, the … More Beacons among the Beauty: The Lighthouses of Door County, Wis.

Destination: Door County, Wisconsin; Beyond the Crowds

Door County, Wisconsin is anything but undiscovered. Yet somehow, she still has a few quiet corners: spaces where a Rollerbag Goddess can feel as if she’s the first to overturn the peninsula’s rounded stones and peer beneath. That is what I love about Door County. It isn’t the crazy-busy stretch of bric-a-brac shops. It isn’t … More Destination: Door County, Wisconsin; Beyond the Crowds